Nokia Networks has secured a deal from Ooredoo Qatar for the deployment of Nokia small cells in hotspots around the country, in a bid to increase Ooredoo's network capacity and coverage country-wide.
The latest deal follows a successful field trial of Nokia's LTE and 3G small cell technology around Qatar's capital Doha, in high traffic indoor and outdoor locations.
Nokia Networks' small cell base stations have the same software and processing capabilities as macro base stations, but require less space and can be deployed more easily and in a cost-efficient manner.
With Nokia Networks' small cells - known as Flexi Zone small cells - complementing its existing 4G macro network, Ooredoo Qatar said it will be able to provide enhanced voice and data services to its customers, regardless of network traffic.
"Our customers demand high-quality services, even in complex hotspots and crowded urban zones. Nokia Networks small cells will enable us to provide just that: more capacity, higher availability and reduced latency. We chose Nokia Networks because the company proved that it can ensure the best network performance," said Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Operating Officer of Ooredoo Qatar.
The partners said the deal forms part of efforts from within the private sector to achieve Qatar's National Vision of creating a booming knowledge economy.
"This deal marks an important step forward in our longstanding partnership with Ooredoo Qatar, an operator intensely focused on delivering top quality services to its customers. Nokia's advanced mobile broadband solutions will help Ooredoo achieve its goal of enriching people's lives and supporting the Qatar National Vision of boosting the knowledge-based economy," said Bernard Najm, Vice President and Head of the Middle East and Africa region at Nokia Networks.